Occasionally the folks up in Sacramento get it right. In the case of AB 2149 (Butler), "The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act", an important loop hole that allowed abusive nursing homes, assisted living facilities and similar providers, when caught and prosecuted for abuses of the Act, to avoid public disclosure of their crimes by hiding behind the wall of confidential settlement agreements, to be closed.
We don't argue that confidential settlement agreements are in some areas necessary. Crimes of aberrant sexual misconduct with minors come to mind immediately, where a minor's identity be held confidential. It is also apparent that in other situations these settlements hide crimes that should be brought to the light of public scrutiny. When selecting providers the public should have every advantage to make the best choice for the care of their loved ones.
When we talk about Elder Abuse we are talking about neglect and abuse . Bed sores, unexplained bruising, malnutrition, dehydration, and poor hygiene are all signs and symptoms of possible neglect of elders or dependant adults. This kind of blatant lack of care threatens the safety and health of elders and should be prosecuted harshly. Such prosecution should not include being able to hide your actions behind the cloak of a legal nicety.
AB 2149 states finally; "The bill would provide that any such provision as void as against public policy." That ability of the elder care provider to continue business as usual with their actions hidden has been removed by this bill. This is a very good thing and we endorse it as fair and just.
If you think a loved one is suffering from this kind of mistreatment, neglect and abuse, be it physical or financial, call Norman Taylor & Associates today and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.